The Ultimate 10 Minute Work-Out
I wanted to call this post “The Ultimate ‘I Don’t Have Time to Work-Out’ Work-Out” but I thought that might be a little long. It is accurate, though – this is a great work-out to do when you’re short on time, but still feel like you should do something. Exercise has been a big part of my life for the last 25 years or so – it’s my sanity-saver and stress-reliever, but I can’t always fit in a run or a yoga class. On days like that, this ten-minute routine is perfect. It’s also just the thing for when you’re traveling and want to add in a bit of fitness to start your day, but the thought of hitting the hotel gym is just too much. All the moves can easily be done in a hotel room (the germaphobe in me begs you to put a towel down on the carpet first, though!) Alrighty, let’s get into it – six moves, ten minutes – done and done.*
Lay on your back, bend your knees and keep feet flat on the floor. Place hands gently around back of head for support and lift up about a quarter of the way. Lower back down and repeat 100 times. I read somewhere that if your neck starts to get tired in this position, pressing your tongue against the roof of your mouth is supposed to help. Or maybe it’s just a silly distraction.
Lay flat on your back with legs extended and hands around your head. Quickly alternate lifting each leg, keeping it as straight as possible, while crunching towards the leg that is raised. Repeat 30 times (left leg, right leg – 1, left leg, right leg – 2, etc.)
Start out laying flat on your stomach with hands placed shoulder-width apart. Looking 3-5 inches in front of you and with a flat back, raise up until arms are fully extended. Lower down until you are just a few inches away from the ground and push back up. Repeat 30 times.
In the same position that you were in for your push-ups, push up into a plank position and rest on your forearms. Keep your gaze out in front of you and try to keep your back as straight as possible. Hold for one minute (this is where it’s good to have your phone nearby and use the timer or stopwatch function).
Place hands on the edge of a chair and extend legs straight out in front of you. Lower down about half-way, and then push back up, letting your arms do the work. You may want to have the chair pushed against a wall for added stability.
If it looks like I hate my life in this picture, it’s because this sucker is hard. The first 20 seconds or so are deceptively easy, and then things get real. For this move, place back flat against wall and lower down until your legs are at a 90 degree angle. Hold for one minute and try to think happy thoughts.
*As a disclaimer, I am not a fitness expert – my degree was in psychology. These are pretty basic moves, but if any of them seem iffy to you, don’t do them or proceed with caution.
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